Monday, May 22, 2017

...And Into the Fire


“...And Into the Fire,” is this post’s title because the last was the terribly presumptuous, “Out of the Shop,” which was decidedly short lived.

To be certain, the troubles aren’t the fault of Mike at the shop.  When I picked the scooter up last week it seemed that everything was hunky dory, but before I got home I realized that things were neither hunky nor dory because the bike was running hot which was not one of the problems it had when I took it in.  Like THIS hot...


What neither of us realized, also, was that the radiator fan wasn’t coming on when the needle went into the red zone.  And, after it was parked under the deck for a while, the coolant leak was back with a vengeance in spite of having been as dry as a popcorn fart when I got it home.  Mike thought what he’d done might only be a temporary fix, and unfortunately, he was right. 


 I took it back up last Thursday evening and hung around the shop for a few hours with Mike, the owner, and his cronies, Ed, Phil, and Pat while they worked on various bikes and busted each others’ asses unmercifully to my general amusement.  What we decided to keep it simple was that Mike would put on a temporary bypass fan switch that I could toggle externally when needed.  It worked!  But, the fan didn’t do a thing running constantly once the needle went past the end of the red zone again  on my way home.


 Tomorrow I’ll run it back up to the shop early in the morning while it’s still cool out to try to keep the engine cool while I get there.  After that God knows how long it’s going to be till the parts come in and Mike gets a chance to work on it.

It’s my usual luck.  When I first took the scooter into the shop four weeks ago, I told Mike about my horror story from last year when my old dealership’s shop kept it for five weeks during May into June.  Mike thought he’d have me done in a few days.  Here I am now looking at another shortened scootering season because it’ll likely be longer than those five weeks this year until it’s back and humming along.

Not quite the Look at how much fun I’m having on my scooter! kind of post that I’d hoped to have been sharing here at all.  I’ll try to stay upbeat and not let the aggravation get to me totally.  And I’ll try to put some things here for my two followers to read that maybe, kind of, perhaps I can relate even a little to the general scooter theme.

1 comment:

kz1000st said...

It might sound presumptions but did they pull out the thermostat and test it. Overheating when the fan runs points to either a blown head gasket or a blockage in the coolant supply.